Hate crimes against LGBTI people reached record high levels in Scotland between 2018-19.
1,216 anti-LGBTI hate crimes were reported in Scotland from 31 March 2018 to the same date this year.
This is a 5% rise on the previous year. It is also the highest recorded number since hate crime legislation came into effect in Scotland 10 years ago.
The number of reported hate crimes have soared in the capital, Edinburgh, and northeast city, Dundee. The Highlands, the Borders and West Scotland also saw increases.
Edinburgh and Dundee experience a spike in anti-LGBTI hate crimes
The figures were released by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, which detail which crimes were aggravated by sexual orientation or gender identity.
The overwhelming number of hate crimes had sexual orientation elements, with 1,176 being reported.
This was contrasted by 40 hate crimes which were related to trans or gender identity. This is a 20% decrease on the previous year’s number, which totaled 52.
Hate crimes in Edinburgh have risen by more than a third since 2015. There were 221 offenses reported in the city in 2018.
In Dundee, the number of reported hate crimes jumped from 29 to 49 in only 12 months. This showed a 69% increase in anti-LGBTI hate crime in the city.
Overall fall in hate crimes in Scotland
Despite the rise in anti-LGBTI hate crimes from 2018-19, the overall number of hate crimes in Scotland decreased in the same time period.
There were 4,616 reported hate crimes in total, the lowest the number has been since hate crime legislation was introduced.
Scotland is often considered as one of the most LGBTI-friendly countries in the world.
Last year, the Scottish government announced plans to introduce LGBTI curriculums in schools across the country. The move was largely considered a world first.
Scotland has also championed numerous political and cultural pro-LGBTI initiatives.
H/T: Pink Saltire.